An IT admin spends much of the day working to keep the business afloat and avoid costly, headache-inducing outages. In fact, research shows that these keeping-the-lights-on duties can consume 80% of an admin's time. The right combination of systems management tools can automate many of those troublesome tasks and free up time for staff to focus on valuable and underserved areas of the IT operation.
Systems management tools can assist with tasks such as asset discovery, virtualization management, performance monitoring and predictive analytics. Not only can a systems management tool reduce the time an admin devotes to keeping the lights on, but it can discover potential problems before they pop up.
There are plenty of options in the market, including open source systems management tools. The open source option was once preferred solely for its zero cost, but is now often seen as an equally effective choice.
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Uses for systems management tools
Using a systems management tool may take only a few moments at a time, but it can save many hours when done properly. From handling updates and raising alerts to keeping an eye on predictive trends, systems management tools can serve many purposes, so choosing one depends on the particular needs of an organization's development and IT teams. The market features plenty of vendors, all of which have varying strengths and weaknesses.
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Open source options expand system management possibilities
Once upon a time, using an open source systems management tool was admitting that there weren't funds available to get something better. Now that the open source options have improved, IT admins can look to open source for quality as well as cost.
Some open source IT systems management tools are well-known, such as Nagios or logstack, but others have popped up more recently, including Docker. Going open source means not being tied to a particular vendor, but it also means doing without vendor support. Continue Reading
Configuration management is one part of systems management, and notable open source tools in that area include Chef and Puppet, although there are other open source offerings available. These tools help with cloud automation and orchestration. Continue Reading
Keep in mind that some mobile device management tools are more nimble than others. If you just want a free one, those options are available. But if your business needs customizable code to meet specific needs, you'll want to look at other tools. Continue Reading
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Systems management tools can make a virtual environment palatable
Server virtualization has proven successful, and adding the right tools can make it even more effective. What users want from those tools, however, varies from business to business.
Businesses don't need to be told twice to look for savings, and it often comes in the IT department. A TechTarget survey shows that price is a heavy factor in decisions on virtualization systems management tools. Continue Reading